QBE Germany has strengthened its Marine team in Hamburg with the appointments of Philip Specht as Senior Underwriter and Lars Habersaat as Underwriter. The commercial insurer is thus setting the course for the expansion of its Marine and Art & Specie product range into the German market.
Philip Specht brings more than 25 years of experience and industry expertise to his new position. A qualified insurance specialist with a focus on cargo and marine liability, he has held various management roles during his career. He was Managing Director at Aon Versicherungsagentur Deutschland and head of the marine insurance division at Aon Japan Group. Most recently, he worked as a senior underwriter for transport insurance at KA Köln.Assekuranz.
Prior to joining QBE in July, Lars Habersaat worked as a marine underwriter at R+V subsidiary Kravag-Logistic Versicherungs-AG and gained valuable industry expertise in the maritime sector as an underwriting assistant at Protection & Indemnity (P&I) insurer Thomas Miller Specialty in London. Lars studied shipping management as well as insurance law.
Andrea Brock, QBE Germany’s General Manager, commented: "We are delighted to have Philip and Lars onboard. Together with the European team, they will establish and develop the transport and marine portfolio in Germany. This will enable us to offer our customers needs-based insurance solutions in this area as well. This is an important step towards achieving our growth ambitions by 2025."